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dozens of detainees being force fed and fresh claims of sexual abuse by. close. access to. some of the deposed president. over fears of clashes between the.
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very good morning to you from all of us here. on friday. with the world's top headlines the u.s. government is fighting a legal effort to stop the force feeding of hunger striking detainees at guantanamo bay lawyers for several prisoners have appealed to a washington court to intervene but the administration says federal judges have no say on what happens at the camp. six months nearly two thirds of the inmates have now joined in the protest against alleged mistreatment without trial is the largest strike in the history and military doctors of force feeding forty five detainees to try and keep them alive the highly controversial practice has been condemned around the world but is still being defended by u.s. officials as a correspondent. now reports. the u.n.
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calls for the us to stop force feeding guantanamo hunger strikers the practice is against international law and is seen by many as a form of torture and here is one thing first the guards strap the detainee down to a chair like this one then they put a mask over his face so that the detainee can't move bite or spit then the nurse snakes the feeding tube into nasal cavity the feeding tube which is roughly the size of a pens in court for each word this well this is not an actual feeding tube but it gives you an idea and this area is very rich in nerve endings and patients report extreme pain during the procedure and the nurse pushes the tube further down the throat creating a tightness that makes breathing difficult at that point patients typically feel pressure on their chest along some say it feels like they were drowning then the staff taped the troop to the detainees nose so that they can bite or swallow it and then two cans of nutritional substances are being funneled
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through the tube now we wrote to guantanamo and asked whether they use an anesthetic for this seemingly painful procedure here's the response typically not however it is so very low ball if the detainees were quests it mostly tenney's prefer to use standard all of world to lubricate the two. you are still trying to make it sound like it's not as bad but here is how one of the detainees a yemeni man somewhere in r.g. office on the bell describes what force feeding actually feels like i will never forget the first time they passed a feeding tube up my nose i can't describe how painful it is to be force fed this way as it was thrust it made me feel like throwing up i wanted to vomit but i couldn't there was getting in my chest throat and stomach i had never experienced such pain before i would not wish this cruel punishment upon anyone we also asked the kuantan official how many detainees resist the procedure and how many give their consent to it and he was. back saying the majority of the days when his
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report compliantly and do not resist detainees are given a choice to eat a hot meal drink the liquid near trained or be entrails fed all the detainees see the choice differently take a listen to. when they come to force me into the chair if i refuse to be tied up they call the team so i have no choice either i can exercise my right to protest my detention and be beaten up or i can submit to pay in full force feeding for most people these detainees are out of sight out of mind as sudden as it is they see physical suffering as the only way for the world to draw the world's attention to their plight we can't hear their voices but here's what they write i'm doing this because i want to know my destiny i cannot abide not knowing anymore i just hope that because of the pain we are suffering the eyes of the world will once again look to guantanamo before it is too indefinite detention is the worst form of torture respect us or kill us it's your choice the u.s.
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must take off its mess and kill us the obama administration doesn't want inmates to die but neither is it in a rush to give the detainees their lives back in washington i'm going to check on. now the way the medical personnel treat the detainees virtually amounts to that of malpractise now that's the view of dr frank connell. the regime which the joint task force for guantanamo has written for the cleveland of these people requires truly abusive care and also is involves the use of medicines which are dangerous they are not allowed to behave like doctors and are compelled by the military hierarchy to behave like jailers in particular several of them have commented to me through their lawyers that when they ask the doctors for example to stop the environmental manipulation which leaves them
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freezing you know each or waking them at night for various disturbances the doctor says they have no power to do anything and as one of them's one of the hunger strikers what is the point of a doctor like right. now one of the detainees has written a letter to his lawyer claiming he and other inmates are being sexually assaulted by guards during full body cavity searches every time they enter and leave their cells and form a gift most guarded terry holbrooke's he says some staff have been mistreating the muslim detainees and to get revenge for nine eleven. could be thrown in the toilet or thrown on the ground or mistreated in some other form cetera that happened often and aggressive searches of detainees first and that happened as well if there are motivation behind it i would say that somewhere in the british occasion of the american society we led the soldiers to believe. in abusing detainees it's going to
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somehow even the score for nine eleven there are soldiers in the army in the navy air force marines and cetera who think that if they kill an arab they mistreat a muslim if they abuse a detainee it's going to somehow balance the score for nine eleven and it's not really difficult to step back and realize nothing is going to bring those people back to life and i made a mounting public on legal pressure barack obama has now appointed a new envoy in charge of closing guantanamo bay a cliff and sloan has already two of the prison but made no detailed statements on how war when he intends to shut it down i mean while barack obama's come under fresh fire for not using his own authority to end the notorious history of good mo going to go to the story now as president i have tried to close gitmo i transferred sixty seven detainees to other countries before congress imposed restrictions to effectively prevent us from either transferring detainees to other countries or
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imprisoning them here in the united states. these restrictions make no sense this statement coming from the person many referred to as the most powerful man in the world may sound sincerely frustrated but many believe it has little honesty to it as it was what has been bogging obvious he's been claiming that he can't do anything but that's simply not true he's operating a droll assassination program claiming he has the power to do that is present the united states and yet somehow he's claiming that he doesn't have the power to close down a military person and she's the commander in chief of the united states armed forces it's not a bit strange they fishel and most often cited reason for not releasing prisoners even the eighty six cleared of all charges they have no place to go especially the so-called indefinite detainees terror suspects considered too dangerous to read go but impossible to try in either civil or military court largely because the
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evidence supporting claims of their terror activity has allegedly been received through torture and interrogation which cannot be used as evidence in court the very existence of these men was shrouded in secrecy with the u.s. officially revealing their identities only several weeks back after they'd been entertainment for years another sign the u.s. isn't really considering shutting down the prison is the amount of money poured into good loam the jail is a record setter dubbed by some as the most expensive jail in history annual cross of the base operation runs at just over one hundred fifty million dollars it means nine hundred thousand dollars per prisoner every year eighteen times the average yearly income of an average american household the latest innovation of the base a fiber optic cable to connected to the u.s. mainland for the sake of better internet service for military personnel stationed on cuba will set the taxpayers back another forty million should the congress approve it hardly sounds like
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a necessity if the prison was to be shut down then again there are still those who believe being held in guantanamo is tantamount to staying at a luxury resort in tropical paradise one of those is the house speaker and the mint opponent of get much closer. i don't know that there's a terrorist treated better anywhere in the world than what's happened at one time and we've spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build a facility that has more comforts than a lot of americans get but those who know what gizmo is like there to differ well maybe they should go and try and you know they think it's such a fantastic place they should try twelve years of indefinite detention and see how much they enjoy it and perhaps force feeding and confinement i mean we know that prison conditions in the united states which has the largest prison population in the whole world a far from ideal we see the force feeding going on at guantanamo bay the solitary confinement the the invasive physical searches of prisoners we have these
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journalists you have various other people who are allowed to visit guantanamo bay but they never meet the prisoners they never see the actual conditions that these people are being held and what the prisoners say about why she happens there's probably a lot more accurate since they've been subject to this but this wife claims that guantanamo is just sort of a vacation camp perhaps of its exotic location it remains one of the world's most notorious prisons where people are held without trial for years and the conditions are such that inmates choose to go without food for five months rather than accept the conditions they're being held in in cuba r.t. and john are going to turn in for one of the detainees being force for their part imo he says the protesters are simply trying to get heard by obama who has the authority to be ongoing crisis. if i move very painful they find it very degrading they find it humiliating. they are on hunger strike in order to express themselves in the only way available to them to speak out against certain definite detention
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many of them are being held in solitary confinement is it becoming increasingly difficult for them to communicate with their lawyers they do not want to die that's not the reason why there are now under strikers they want to be heard they want to speak out against air force feeding and they want to be either tries or released president obama himself as the commander in chief of the united states he has the power to stop it we're hoping that he does very soon. now he can i do stay with us here on r.t. throughout friday our special coverage of the massive hunger strike in one ton of mowbray continues the whole strike now reaching its one hundred and fifty day mark . it is not a surprise to me that we have problems and during a time of budget cuts we spend one hundred fifty billion dollars each year to imprison one hundred sixty six people get more it's become a symbol around the world for an america that.
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he with me rory sushi a latin america has put on a joint show of outrage over what they call political terrorism by washington leaders met after a number of e.u. countries refused at the president of bolivia's jet access to their airspace it was forced to land in austria and searched amid rumors u.s. whistleblower edward snowden was on board now latin american leaders echoed president evo morales when meeting in bolivia the president over a year ago i criticized america's attempts to clamp down on the international right of asylum and while venezuela's leader called the moves a violation against the entire continent the argentinean president suggested it's odd that morale is plane was diverted by those who usually talk about upholding human rights and ecuador's leaders said the u.s. is just trying to colonize the region and even evo morales himself stressed that an
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apology is not enough for what happened. but. we will clearly examine and if it's necessary we will close the u.s. embassy in bolivia we do not need the american embassy we don't need their cooperation or diplomatic relations with them while they conspire against us from within our country and from the outside my hand won't shake to close the u.s. embassy we've got dignity we've got sovereignty without the us we're better politically and democratically without the i.m.f. and world bank we're better economically so we do not need them. now policy development specialist apollo are funny he says a latin american countries are revolting against what they see as the dominance of one global power. the rules of international law have been totally. shaken. by it would say since nine hundred eighty nine on. a level that even
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among the western powers now there is a situation where someone is more equal than others and the possibility of a sovereign state to adopt decisions regarding. or protection of a certain individual are completely put aside. to favor the major interests of the center of the imperial system which is washington in this case an investigative reporter dave lindorff he says it's notable how e.u. countries switched from anger at the u.s. over its surveillance program to then suddenly complying with washington. it's quite astonishing to me to see how the leaders in europe germany and france and several other countries spoke out angrily at finding out that they were being spied on that their embassies were being spied on in washington that the e.u. offices themselves in europe were being spied on and then all of
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a sudden they all flat out said first of all they would not grant asylum to snowden who led them to know all that and then they keep denying this flight that they thought was carrying snowden i think what was happening was the u.s. probably told them about a plane that had snowden on it and didn't bother to tell them that it was a presidential flight. we are closely following the reaction to washington's moves across latin america the developments in the case of whistleblower edward snowden of course this ongoing diplomatic spat now iceland's pirate he wants the former cia employee given citizenship to save him from his legal limbo right here in a moscow airport transit lounge meanwhile here in just a couple of minutes rallying for rights of schools of american independence day with demonstrations against the national security agency and the practice of illegal searches and seizures those details just a couple of minutes on. it
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is not a surprise to me the. time of budget cuts we spend one hundred fifty million dollars each year to imprison one hundred sixty six people become a symbol around the world for an america that the evil.
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live from moscow it's our team rory sushi with you today and the ousting of the egyptian president brought mass celebrations to the streets but stability while it's yet to follow a day off the mohamed morsi was toppled the army is widening its crackdown shutting down pro islamist media and arresting those close to the deposed president or the muslim brotherhood vowing retaliation sparking fears over violence to come after friday prayers fall asleep reports eyes have. to be answered what was in what was the brotherhood winning even if it was
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not as we zoom into the crowd to see that they are you sorry because you walked in cheers they were waving the egyptian flag they singing patriotic songs every so often a little fireworks in the sky and they keep aiming these green and laser beads of all of the buildings around. that they want to have to have a government that they're squashed and squashed for good but these are not being repeated throughout egypt you need to realize that this is a very divided society and bearing the brunt of this new interim military is first and foremost the muslim brotherhood there have been some we wanted everest warrants issued for brotherhood members and amongst those who have been arrested all the time a leader of the muslim brotherhood and the common supreme guide and his deputy we understand that many problems have to have that are these detainees the general prosecuted or did these are it is interesting enough to have offered by president
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morsi after the revolution back in two thousand and eleven he was part of mubarak's team now only on this day and interim president was sworn in as the man stood he is the head of the country's constitutional court it's just a position that he had for only two days i mean that's women in cinema. he said that he was going to pay homage to him and the chance to post here to have the constitution and to have the know in terms of who will be the new prime minister of this interim government it doesn't seem as if i have enough i would have is the favorite and it was just before my head to hash hot topic in it i had indicated that it is the position that is willing to take refuge in nothing but that as well as army but there are critics who do say that if indeed people hire you to make prime minister one of the if not the puppet for the united states the time where is ready to put to what is going on in the west of egypt we heard again this is
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a very very divided society and there are real concerns that they put the passions and violence between the army and promo support of the muslim brotherhood leaders have issued a statement saying that they are calling for nonviolence they don't want any kind of armed struggle that they were hearing statement coming from the grassroots muslim brotherhood supporters not wanting to jihad or holy war and the question is whether or not the leadership will be able to control the and go and the frustration on the streets the army is talking about implementing a vote map it has dissolved the parliament it has abandoned the constitution it's going to be rolling for any presidential the parliamentary election so there is some kind of time frame of some kind of system that has been put in place but there is again a real fear fear of clash if they were clashes have that if it had to hire a university there were also clashes not far from have higher office and this is something that people will be watching for. and egypt's foreign minister has
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assured u.s. secretary of state john kerry that the overthrow of mohamed morsy was not a military coup but rather that the will of the people and war correspondent and columnist eric margolis he doubts that says the ousting of a legitimate leader has little to do with democracy. it is nothing to do with democracy you've seen a legitimately elected. overthrow. is i think shameful that the list your needers are pussyfooting around. it is not this is an old sanctioned military coup the army for forty thousand man. train. a domestic control. and egypt police forces who are. or little use for the new crush this sense street demonstrations so.
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it's going to be very difficult for the brotherhood to assert itself. you can always log on to our website dot com to get much more news updates and videos and see what's waiting for you this hour right now you can read the story of a teenager who was not only incarcerated but also beaten up for his online posts and find out what remarks landed him in such hot water. and scientists getting rather excited about a new discovery the existence of space wind dot com has a lot of details about this are well this newly discovered phenomenon. and how hundreds of rallied across the u.s. and abroad against the n.s.a.'s massive global surveillance program now the restore the fourth movement initially emerged on social networks it's quickly gained support though with its calls to respect the fourth amendment of the bill of rights
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that protect citizens against illegal searches and seizures what marina portnoy visited one of the protests in new york. on the birthday of america's independence hundreds are taking to the streets in new york city and throughout the country to take part in the restore the fourth rally this is a campaign that watched last month in the aftermath of edward snowden's revelations about america's spying program a program that has shocked those living in the united states and those around the world know the restore the games to office you restore the fourth bill of rights which protects us citizens from on the lawful search and seizure is the purpose of this rally organizers say is to spread awareness and spur political action against unconstitutional spying by the u.s. government press freedom out advocates that we spoke with say that these protests
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are crucial because mainstream media is not adequately covering the n.s.a. leaks and their importance to everyday citizens i believe the fourth amendment is being breached by only the government but by the police with search and seizure with the n.s.a. leaks and everything has been coming out and we i feel lied to i feel you know betrayed by a government that's supposed to uphold the constitution even though they say that there's laws that make everything they do legal it seems like legal gymnastics to me i voted for obama twice i donated twice but i'm tired of the expansion of these programs that seem to violate our rights and focus more on keeping us safe in the name of fear everley frighten me that the director of national intelligence lied to congress and i haven't really been any repercussions he issued a written apology but people have lost their jobs over less and it seems like he really nice and as i we are living in the midst of the of the largest. you know an
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unreasonable search and seizure system we've ever seen in the history of mankind is completely suspicion less search and seizure of our information and that people should be infuriated that this. crowd has a large store that i call the law matters down on that right here at federal hall where the first congress passed the bill of rights in addition to this event more than five hundred thousand people have signed an online petition stop watching dr ross demanding full disclosure of all and i say programs now although this rally may be over those participating in it say that their campaign is just to get it from new york marina fortnight writes. an organizer of the rally in new york he says current government surveillance is a ultimately undermining the legal values of the country it is necessary for surveillance to occur however the problem with the way that it's being done now
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is that it is wholly unconstitutional and i would say that many people feel that way the fourth amendment says the government can search and seize any information without a warrant and although warrants can be issued through the fires that have been attacked they're usually done after the fact after the search has been done and they've had a almost one hundred percent approval rate of these farms after the fact we hope to be able to make those programs constitutional by explicitly prohibiting surveillance of americans without warrants backed by probably probable cause thank you for sharing some of your friday morning with us here on r.t. up next a fascinating documentary revealing the roots of the wall street crash and that of the great depression live from moscow it's all it's a. as
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a person who lives in russia i get asked very often why automatic console fat well are americans actually fat or is this just a myth from some hater countries the centers for disease control have declared obesity to be a disease that's a twenty point nine percent of adult americans are obese and that is an all time high people blame the sedentary lifestyle as the cause yes if you were out all day at work and then all evening after driving home sure doesn't help your waistline but problems can have multiple causes and the authors of the book rich food poor food believe it could be tied to eight foods that are allowed in america but are banned in many other countries across the globe some of these chemicals and techniques and foods that are banned by some other countries are a less strong which is in many snack products which lower scale worries but kills your body's ability to absorb minerals brought native flour which saves tons of
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time for the baker but beats up your internal organs and of course our good old friend synthetic growth hormones which are in livestock which have been linked to cancer big problems really have simple solutions you can run around and exercise as much as you like but if you're being pumped full of these chemicals that are illegal in much of the world well your chances of fitting into that bathing suit are ironically slim but that's just my opinion. an infinite number of people coming who are taking jobs that pay over one hundred thousand a year you know they're going to pay taxes we create lots of other jobs around those people in my basic view is that the country should welcome as many of those people as we can get and what the corporations during the tell congress or there's a shortage of engineers is a storage of substance we can't fund.